NewsScope for July 17, 2007
Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal
As Americans dither over Iraq, events in Pakistan are rapidly heating up. Last Wednesday, army commandos launched a bloody raid on the Red Mosque in Islamabad, which was being held by Islamic extremists. A few days later, Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, hiding out in North Waziristan, issued a jihad against President Musharraf, who was already under tremendous pressure following his dismissal of a popular Chief Justice.
Pakistan's horoscope (August 15, 1947; 12 am; Karachi) accurately reflects the uncertainty around the current leadership. The Sun in Leo describes the imperial power often assumed by Pakistan's leaders. Over the past few months, transiting Saturn has been heading for its conjunction with Pakistan's Sun, which provided the celestial pressure for Musharraf to do something about Islamic extremism in his country. Neptune is in a long-term opposition.
Musharraf came to power on October 12, 1999 in a bloodless coup, as Pakistan's progressed Midheaven formed a precise square to natal Uranus (orb 0º05'). Also, transiting Mars was at 26º Sagittarius, opposite Pakistan's Uranus. This degree zone forms a hotspot in Pakistan's chart, which has been under siege from transiting Pluto over the last two years.
Currently, general elections are scheduled for October 11, 2007. However, with transiting Uranus forming a perfect quincunx to Pakistan's Venus (the ruler of the horoscope), and Mercury turning retrograde on that very date, there's a good chance the elections will be postponed. Watch for escalating violence and pivotal events in early September, as Pluto turns direct while on Pakistan's 26º hotspot. Many observers are concerned that Islamic extremists could take over, and seize control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.
The D.C. Madam
Last week, the D.C. Madam scandal reached another milestone when Louisiana Senator David Vitter issued a formal apology for using her escort services. Federal prosecutors have charged Deborah Jeane Palfrey with running a prostitution ring, and last Monday she released the telephone numbers of her 15,000 Beltway clients. Two months ago, Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias resigned after his name was discovered in her black book.
Ms. Palfrey was born (March 18, 1956; 11:55 am*; North Charleroi, PA) with her Pisces Sun prominently placed in the Tenth House of business. Her position in the business world is strongly supported by her Sun's trines to Saturn and Uranus, but given a wild card from the Sun's Yod formation involving Neptune and Pluto. Such celestial empowerment assures that she would make a name for herself.
Her Seventh House of "others" holds a Mars-Juno conjunction in Capricorn, indicating that many of her well-heeled clients (Capricorn) were married (Juno) men (Mars). The Third House of personal contacts holds a Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, an influential combination that describes the VIP names in her black book. Transiting Saturn was conjunct Jupiter last Monday when she posted the scandalous contents on her web site.
Also last week, transiting Uranus and Pallas turned retrograde on her Midheaven, showing that her shocking (Uranus) revelation was a politically strategic move (Pallas). Transiting Uranus turns direct on November 23 as it squares her talkative Gemini Moon (the ruler of her chart), which is located in the Twelfth House of secrets. What surprises does she have in store for us then?
Victoria Beckham: Coming to America
Footballer David Beckham, his wife Victoria, and their three kids made their long-anticipated Los Angeles touchdown last Thursday, where they were greeted by an army of reporters, photographers, and well-wishers. As Americans braced themselves for the rebirth of soccer and the jet-setting lifestyle of one of Europe's most famous couples, David accepted his new jersey (magical #23), while Victoria made the rounds of the talk shows.
Victoria Beckham was born with her Sun in assertive Aries near her Aries Ascendant (April 17, 1974; 6:00 am**; Harlow, UK). These placements give her a strong drive to be the best in her field, which has encompassed music, modeling, writing, and film-making. Victoria's Sun opposes Uranus, so that her fame is often juxtaposed against her significant others, which include her husband David, and the Spice Girls.
Ordinarily, the Sun opposite Uranus is a celestial prescription for sudden separations from partners. While Victoria and David have had their messy trials, they've managed to stay together and thrive. In Victoria's chart, this opposition is alleviated by harmonious aspects to her Aquarius Moon, as well as the Mars-Saturn conjunction in Gemini. Currently, transiting Pluto is opposing her Mars-Saturn, reflecting how her life is being deeply transformed.
Victoria's Venus-Jupiter conjunction in ethereal Pisces explains why the press dubbed her "Posh." Venus-Jupiter is one of the luckiest combinations in the horoscope, as it attracts wealth, popularity, and the fame of royalty. We can expect Victoria to be at center-stage for some time to come, but especially over the next month as transiting Jupiter turns direct on her Neptune, the natural ruler of glamour and poshness.
*Palfrey's birth data was obtained by astrologer Robert Blaschke via direct phone conversation with her, and published in his quarterly newsletter.
**Victoria's 6:00 am birth time is questionable, according to AstroDataBank. See NewsScope January 16, 2007 for David Beckham's profile and discussion of his Mars. Following that article, British astrologer Naim Malik wrote in with a more reliable birth time: "Beckham's dad gives a time of 6.17 a.m. 2 may 1975, Leytonstone in his biography of d.b.".
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